The MA Honours Business Studies and Law degree is a joint degree programme. The combination of business studies with law gives students an excellent grounding for careers in business, financial services and the legal profession, as well as the public and voluntary sectors. There are important connections between the law, in particular on property rights and contracting, and business practices.
Business Studies encompasses the study of public, private and not-for-profit organisations, both small and large, their management practices and processes, and the changing external environment in which they operate. In our four-year joint programme we reflect the global, dynamic climate of contemporary business and management, offering specialist courses in a range of business and legal subjects drawing on disciplines which include psychology, economics, sociology and mathematics. While the Law component of the programme is grounded in Scots law and the Scots legal system, students will also be made familiar with the law and legal systems of the other parts of the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the wider world. All students have the option of studying abroad in the third year at one of our international partner institutions.
Students gain specific legal and business knowledge and develop a range of transferable, intellectual and study skills which are appropriate not only for those aspiring to a legal career or a career in management, but also for those interested in the relationships between people, organisations and their environment who intend to pursue career opportunities within other types of organisation.
The Business School and the Law School have strong links to the world of practice through research and teaching, which helps to ensure that our programme is attuned to needs of employers and prepares students for the wide range of career opportunities post graduation.